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General Sherman Recalls His War Record (The Atlantic Monthly, 1911)

The 1866 comments of General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820 - 1891) to Colonel Samuel M. Bowman, concerning the book Bowman was assembling, entitled Sherman and His Campaigns. General Sherman recalled his thoughts on such matters as the causes of the Civil War, the assassination of President Lincoln, the struggle for Kentucky, the use of the railways in war, the Great March and the political talents of President George Washington.


1863: The Importance of Chattanooga and East Tennessee
(National Park Service, 1956)

Situated where the Tennessee River passes through the Cumberland Mountains, forming gaps, Chattanooga was called the "Key to East Tennessee" and "Gateway to the deep South." The possession of Chattanooga was vital to the Confederacy, and a coveted goal of the Northern armies. Chattanooga's principal importance during the Civil War was it's position as a railroad center.

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Richmond Selected as the Capital of the Confederacy (National Park Service, 1961)

"Second only to New Orleans, Richmond was the largest city in the Confederacy, having a population of about 38,000. It was also the center of iron manufacturing in the South. The Tredegar Iron Works, main source of cannon supply for the Southern armies, influenced the choice of Richmond as the Confederate Capital and demanded defense."

Click here to read about the heavy influence religion had in the Rebel states during the American Civil War.


The Emancipation Proclamation (Famous Events, 1913)

There is much that can be said about President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, however this one page down-load will give the reader a clear understanding of what the legislation did and did not do.

It was argued that slavery in the United States did not end in 1865...


The Sinking of the C.S.S. Alabama (Famous Events Magazine, 1913)

This short article from The Famous Events of the World was written at a time when the Civil War was still fresh in the American memory; and although their lines were thinning, the veterans of that war were still walking the streets. One of the important events of the American Civil War during the year 1864 was the sinking of the Confederate pirate ship, C.S.S. Alabama, commanded by Raphael Semmes(1809-1877):

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"After a long course of capturing and destroying Northern merchant ships, the Aabama was caught in a French harbor by the United States frigate Kearsarge. The Kearsarge defied the ALABAMA to battle; and the Confederate ship, accepting the challenge, steamed confidently forth amid salvos of applause from the French and English spectators. The Kearsarge completely outfought her, and sank her."

Click here to read an article about the captain of the ALABAMA, Raphael Semmes.


Union General James Harrison Wilson (The Dial Magazine, 1912)

Attached is the review from a respected literary journal concerning the autobiography of Brigadier General James Harrison Wilson (1837 - 1925). Under the Old Flag Wilson is today best remembered as the U.S. Army cavalry officer who captured the Confederate President Jefferson Davis in his flight from Richmond. Following the Civil War, where he rose rapidly in the army hierarchy and finished as brigadier general, Wilson continued to play important rolls in the U.S. military; serving during the Spanish-American War and the Boxer Rebellion


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